How to be a good pharmacist can also come down to elements in your interactions at the counter. Preempting the information you will be asked can help you with the service delivery as well as self-improvement.
Below are questions for Pharmacists to keep you mindful throughout your day. You can apply them in your interactions or as part of your personal development.
6 Medical Questions For Pharmacists to Ask Themselves
Why and for how long does someone need the medicine?
Knowing the right way to present this information will help build the confidence someone has in you, it will reassure the length of time for someone who is anxious and it will help to manage expectations about the signs of relief. For your own work and self-development, you can give yourself tasks and activities to do in increments to expand on your skill set and build self-confidence. The ideal goal is to allow yourself time to work on finding your areas for improving.
Are there any side effects and what should someone do if they experience them?
Here is where you can really hone in on creating a safety net for someone. The more you can educate and reassure the stronger your reputation can grow in the local community your pharmacy serves. In self-development, look for the areas in your work you have previously made mistakes in or currently struggle and dislike doing. There may be signs of outside influences on achieving your outcomes.
How does this medicine interact with – food, regular drinks, alcohol, other medicines, vitamins, pregnancies?
Not only will many people have their own questions about these topics and the medicine prescribed to them, pharmacists can apply this kind of tweaking to their own lifestyles in and outside of work to find the perfect balance. Knowledge is key as it will build your reputation.
What should happen if someone missed a regular dose of medicine?
This is a great question to keep someone calm with future needs in mind. It can be an informative and preemptive warning about the potential issues of missing a dose for the patient. But for a pharmacist’s self-development this can be key to finding a balance and structure at work that motivates you. If something unexpected happens, knowing how to get back on track is key to finishing your work.
Is it likely going to get worse before it gets better?
While this is a sign that you have truly conquered something, for many of us this can be daunting. Especially if certain medicines have heavy side effects. Or if aspects of self-development require real life major changes.
What areas are currently being underestimated and deserve a boost in performance?
As we have previously mentioned, there are multiple services pharmacies can provide. One should never hesitate at the opportunity to expand on your service delivery to those in need and securing a sustainable pharmacy business as a result.
Have you got any questions you like to use to remind yourself to always be improving? Let us know and find out if we can help.
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